Kiru prin­ci­pal’s widow de­nies mur­der charge

Jane Muthoni has aban­doned hus­band’s name, Mbuthi, for her fa­ther’s, Mucheru

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

The widow of a sec­ondary school prin­ci­pal in Mu­rang’a, who was found dead three weeks ago, has de­nied mur­der­ing him.

Jane Muthoni was charged at the High Court in Mu­rang’a yes­ter­day with mur­der­ing Solomon Mwangi be­tween Novem­ber 6 and 11 at Karuguta, Ki­ambu county.

Muthoni, who has now dropped her hus­band’s name, Mbuthi, and adopted her fa­ther’s name, Mucheru, ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Hatari Waweru.

State coun­sel Keya Om­bele made an ap­pli­ca­tion to have the case trans­ferred to the High Court in Ki­ambu, say­ing Karuguta, where the body was found, is in that county.

His ap­pli­ca­tion was sup­ported by the de­fence team, led by lawyer Kar­iuki Nji­iri. He said the trans­fer should be done ur­gently for him to ap­ply for Muthoni’s bond. The case will be men­tioned in Ki­ambu to­mor­row.

Waweru quashed an ap­pli­ca­tion for a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the county head teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion to be en­joined, say­ing that is not ap­pli­ca­ble in a crim­i­nal case.

Muthoni was ar­rested on Novem­ber 13 in her Ichachiri Sec­ondary School home in Gatundu, Ki­ambu, where she has been prin­ci­pal.

Her ar­rest was af­ter Mwangi’s body was found in a cof­fee plan­ta­tion. Po­lice said the body was badly mu­ti­lated, with some teeth miss­ing and the hands tied be­hind his back.

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